July 25, 2004 Subject:
A generic escape film
When I wached this film. I thought it was interesting that they didn't really narrate the film, it was simply a dramatazation and the tips were sort of told to one another in the film. I'm guessing it might have been right before World War II since everything was very generic and did not mention a specific enemy or place. Plus a lot of the tactics used one out of the POW camp would only have a slight chance of working if you resembled the people in the hostile country. i.e. A person of European Origin might have a slim chance to be able to pull this off in Europe, but would be impossible in Asia or the Middle East. However the End is still to this day one of the most compelling reasons that soldiers captured must try to escape. One of the goals of actual "Great Escape" was that even if they did not succeed in getting out of the German occupied lands, they knew it would divert a great number of men and resources from Germany's war effort in order to track these men down. I know there were other films realted to this made during the war that were more specific and give reenforcements about only providing Name, Rank, and Serial Number if captured and so on, but this is a decent film for a generic scenerio.
May 1, 2003 Subject:
The Not so great escape
The problem with 'Escape' is it's lack of narration. The Air Force has made this film into a docudrama, telling of how three men escaoed from an unnamed countries POW camp. The come up with a plan that really wouldn't work if someone was really smart, But, since the unnamed country's defense are apparently quite stupid, the 3 men escape the camp through a somewhat daring escape. Soon after, they figure out how to move, where it's safe to walk, and how to finally cross the border. THEN the narration kicks in. In my view, I think while the docudrama angle was interesting, I think this would have worked a lot better if the narration was increased a bit. At the end, for bonus points, are some written tips on what to do if captured.